Associate Professor: G. Sabo, S.J.

The study of the Russian language and culture helps students become acquainted with a major country, in land mass the largest in the world. Beginning Russian (RS 101-102) develops novice levels in skills of reading, understanding, writing, and speaking Russian. IC [International Cultures] 230 and 231 enable students to read in English classic Russian short fiction from 1800 to the present in the context of two other Slavic literatures—Slovak and Czech.

While offering a way to fulfill the language requirement in the University Core Curriculum, Russian is important for students interested in art history, business, diplomacy, engineering, humanities, law, philosophy, political science, computer science, religious studies, and natural sciences. Knowledge of the language is extremely useful for future scientists and engineers. Nearly a quarter of all scientific literature is written in Russian. It also is an excellent choice for business majors wishing to tap into the still unsaturated markets and take advantage of other business exchange opportunities in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. Many businesses are eager to engage in import/export with the U.S.

101. BEGINNING RUSSIAN I 3 cr. Intensive functional approach to the four language skills in a cultural context. Classroom, multimedia, computer-assisted instruction. (Fall)

102. BEGINNING RUSSIAN II 3 cr. Prerequisite: RS 101 or equivalent. Amplification of language skills in a cultural context. (Spring)

198A-198B. BEGINNING SUPERVISED STUDY 1-3 cr. (Formerly RS 191-192) Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised independent study of Russian at the beginning level. May be repeated with a different topic.

199. SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 cr. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.

201-202. INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN I, II 3 cr. each. Prerequisite: RS 102 or equivalent. Further development of the four language skills for communication in a cultural context; expansion of vocabulary, idiomatic usage, and grammar. RS 201 or equivalent prerequisite to RS 202. (Fall-201, Spring-202)

298A-298B. INTERMEDIATE SUPERVISED STUDY 1-3 cr. (Formerly RS 291-292). Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised independent study in Russian at the intermediate level. May be repeated with a different topic.

398. SUPERVISED STUDY 1-3 cr. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised independent study. May be repeated with a different topic.

399. SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 cr. Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.